Students were told to leave The Willow Restaurant in the early hours of this morning after a sign caught fire on a neighbouring shop.
Partygoers were alerted to the incident as fire crews were drafted in to tackle the blaze at the Phones 4u Shop on Coney Street shortly after 4am when smoke was seen coming from the store’s sign.
One student who attended told Vision: “I was caught unaware when we were told to evacuate Willow.”
“Then I saw the firetruck and people forming hurdles around the scene outside. I was bemused more than anything after a frantic night at the dancefloor.”
The fire caused damage to the shop’s wood beams, but the building does remain open for business.
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said an investigation into the matter was underway as the cause of the incident was unknown.
It added that it would be going to the scene today to assess the damage and believed that the fire may have been smoldering for some time.